The United States and the European Union jointly announced on Tuesday sanctions against senior Russian government officials in the case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested and jailed upon arrival in Moscow in January after being poisoned last year and seeking treatment in Germany.
Alexei Navalny, arrived Sunday in a region 200 kilometers east of Moscow to be admitted to a prison where he will serve his sentence. The Moscow public surveillance commission said in a statement that Alexei Navalny had been moved to an establishment of the Russian penitentiary services in the Vladimir region.
The US believes that Russia remains a threat to the existence of the United States and Europe despite the economic sanctions. The statement was made by the Head of the European Command of the US Armed Forces, Gen. Tod D. Wolters, at the Air Force Association forum. The forum takes place from February 24 to February 26.
The Russian Gosduma made a statement pertaining the NATO actions, which pose political and military threats not only to Russia, but also to the whole world. Moscow naturally wants to weaken the alliance. The statement was made by the First Deputy Head of the State Duma Committee on the International Affairs Dmitry Novikov.
The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, have a scheduled meeting in Sochi next week. It is expected that the talks will include discussions regarding the financial and economic spheres. There is also a possibility to unify the credit operations between Russia and Belarus.
Russia threatened to break ties with the European Union on Friday if it dares slam it with new sanctions. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, assured that Moscow is ready to break relations with Brussels if the umbrella body, comprising of 27 member states, introduces new sanctions that cause risks in sensitive sectors of the Russian economy.
The Kremlin announced that three diplomats were ordered to leave Russia on February 5th after participating in protest. The diplomats expelled are from the Kingdom of Sweden, Republic of Poland and Germany. That was the date, whenand his team urged the public to take to the Russian streets and protest.
The pseudo-politician and convict, Alexei Navalny, was transported to the Babushkinsky District Court of Moscow on Friday. The hearing was regarding the case of Navalny defaming a Russian war hero and veteran. It should be noted that Mr. Navalny never served in the Russian military.
On Sunday, the Russian program, The Kremlin and Putin, released the Russian President, Vladimir Putin’s itinerary. The schedule included President Putin attending the Davos Forum. The Coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to conduct the forum in the real life setting.
The Russian people took to the streets on Saturday in support of the arrested Russian blogger and Kremlin critic, Alexey Navalny. However, not everyone who attended the protests supported Mr. Navalny. Some are just tired of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, but they do not support Alexey Navalny.
Alexey Navalny returned to Moscow on January 17. Upon arrival, he was detained by Russian law enforcement. On Monday, Mr. Navalny was taken to Khimki, a Moscow suburb, for a court hearing. The court provided accreditation to state media to be inside the hearing. Navalny’s media complained that their representatives were not allowed inside.
The Russian government decided to withdraw from the Open Sky Treaty. The Open Sky Treaty is an important tool for the intelligence gathering purposes by the signatory nations, which include military inspections from the air. The Treaty was signed in Finland in the 1992 by the 27 members.
Renata Alt, a member of the German Bundestag for the Free Democratic Party, believes that it is time to offer political asylum to Russian opposition blogger Alexey Navalny. The offer comes on the heels of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) announcing the launch of a criminal investigation against the Russian dissident.
On December 28, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, made an announcement preplanning 2021 as the year of technology and innovation. The Kremlin is expected to give out the largest amount of grants to the defense sector in history. According to President Putin, this year was a breakthrough year in Russia for innovation.
This month, Russian diplomats were expelled from Colombia on the grounds of espionage. Russia denied the allegations, and claimed that US and UK intelligence were involved. Nevertheless, Russia is trying to expand its presence in Latin America, in order to counter the United States.
Russia will have a lot of changes in the upcoming year. Russia will have Duma elections in 2021, which wont bring any changes to Russia, but nevertheless it is a process that is filled with the usual arrests and propaganda. According to the Kremlin, the election in September 2021 will involve an active attempt to interfere into it by foreign forces.
Russian authorities opened a criminal case against a close ally of the country’s opposition politician, Alexei Navalny, on Friday in a case related to the dissident’s alleged poisoning. Lyubov Sobol, a leading voice for political opposition in Russia, was arrested earlier on Friday by police who broke into her Moscow home, Navalny said.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-the-year press conference on December 17. The topic of an arms race has continued to be discussed post-conference. It is a struggle more associated with the Cold War era, between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The lawyer for American Paul Whelan, who was convicted in Russia for espionage, believes that the newly-elected US President, Job Biden, will advocate on behalf of Mr. Whelan. In reality, Mr. Whelan has multiple citizenships and very questionable professional interests.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held an annual press conference on Thursday. One of the first questions was asked by the journalist from Magadan regarding the year 2020 being good or bad. President Putin replied that there were “pros and cons,” outlining the main issues and achievements of 2020, which include the Coronavirus pandemic.
Russian President Vladimir Putin brushed off allegations that the Kremlin was behind the recent alleged poisoning of his main opponent, Alexei Navalny. Instead, President Putin opined that if his government were keen on killing the opposition politician, then Mr. Navalny would be long dead.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally congratulated Joe Biden for his apparent victory in the US presidential election Monday. It has been over a month since the US held its presidential elections, subsequently won by the Democrat, Mr. Biden. It is worth noting that several world leaders already congratulated Mr. Biden within days of the election.
The Kremlin announced Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on his election victory, in a move that followed Mr. Biden receiving a majority of votes from the Electoral College. The ritual Monday formally determines who will be the next President of the United States.
Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a series of laws pertaining to the establishment of the priority of the Russian Constitution over international agreements on December 8th. The signed legal documents have been released on the website of the Russian State Duma. The abstract of the laws read as follows:
Russia on Saturday kicked off mass immunization of its population against COVID-19 with its Sputnik V vaccine. As per the nation’s arrangement, the first persons to receive it are people between 18 and 60 years old belonging to risk groups such as teachers, health workers, and social workers in the capital.
The Rand Corporation has published a repot on how to “contain Russia.” The purpose of the report is to provide recommendations to the newly-elected US President, Joe Biden. According to the report, the US will use any means necessary, except starting a militarized conflict with Russia.
The Russian political strategist Stanislav Belkovsky made a statement pertaining Belarus on Ukraine 24 channel during a live event. Belkovsky highlighted the fact that Putin does not like the current president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko has been disloyal and previously has been playing multiple sides for personal gain.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin made a series of statements last week. One of the statements is pertaining the public administration reforms. The proposed constitutional amendments that were passed in the summer of 2020 included the public sector reform.
This weekend Russian Ministry of the Foreign Affairs announced the new sanctions against 25 British nationals. The 25 individuals will also be banned from travel to Russia. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry “the UK was guided by far-fetched and absurd pretexts when imposing sanctions against the Russians.”
Germany and Russia recorded the highest daily numbers of positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic i.e 23,648 and 24,318, respectively. Germany recorded 1,039 more infections than last Thursday, and 106 above the record of daily infections registered a week ago, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
Russia has recently faced challenges pertaining to efficiency mechanisms which are unavailable on the regional level. The scenario is related to countering the Coronavirus pandemic. The second wave of COVID-19, of which a number of regions have frankly failed.
Sources from Moscow have revealed that Vladimir Putin is a sick man, and that he is considering resignation. The Kremlin has, however, dismissed the report in a quick rejoinder, calling it nonsense. The news began circulating in the early hours of Friday to the effect that the Russian president is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, asked about the possible acquisition of the Minsk oil field on the territory of Russia, the press service of the Belarusian leader reported. It was about starting negotiations on the supply of hydrocarbons (oil and gas) to Belarus next year.
The escalation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict happened in September and continues today. The President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan is supporting Azerbaijan. The conflict is pertaining the Nagorno Karabakh region. Azerbaijan believes the territories should be returned to them.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he personally intervened and okayed the evacuation of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny to Germany to be treated, following pleas from his wife after he was allegedly poisoned. Putin spoke via video conference at a discussion forum in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia does not rule out the possibility of delays in OPEC+ production plans. This latest sign indicates that OPEC may limit crude oil production for a longer period of time as the epidemic once again affects demand.
Russia and the President, Vladimir Putin, have been on the forefront of the Western news. A large amount of the attention on Russia stems from the Alexei Navalny poisoning in August. However, it has not been conclusive who is behind the poisoning. While the West glorifies Navalny as an opposition martyr, he is far from such.
Erdogan made a statement that he does not recognize the Crimea as part of Russia. The Kremlin representative said that the Union of Russia and Turkey is impossible after Erdogan’s words about Crimea. “Erdogan has his own agenda. We can’t even talk about any ‘Union’,” Pushkov said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft law on the State Council to the State Duma. The document sets out the status, structure, and powers of the state Council. The changes are in line with the amendments to the Russian Constitution proposed by President Putin.
A member of the initiative group of Viktor Babariko, businessman Yuri Voskresensky and Director of PandaDoc Dmitry Rabtsevich had a meeting with Lukashenko. Thereafter, they were released from the jail. The announcement came via Belarus 1 TV Channel. Belarus 1 is a state-owned television channel in Belarus.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) made an announcement Tuesday to the effect that it had discovered Novichok-like substances thanks to tests it had conducted on Russian opposition politician, Alexei Navalny. He was hospitalized in Berlin after he was allegedly poisoned.
German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published information that German law enforcement agencies can not open a criminal case on the fact of poisoning of Alexey Navalny. Germany can not investigate the Navalny case because it is outside its jurisdiction.
On September 23, Bulgaria ordered two Russian diplomats to leave the capital city, Sophia, within 72 hours. The Kremlin made a statement that there will be retaliation for such actions. Additionally, Russia says the move damages the relationship between the two countries.